The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Meads
First Name:
Kenneth Lawrance
Nick Name:
Ken
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX10388
Classification:
Cook
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
DOB:
17.01.1905
Place of Birth:
St Lennards on Sea, Hastings, England
Father's Name:
Adolphus Kingsnorth
Mothers's Name:
Ethel Annie Meads
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Cook
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A8, Row D, Grave 2, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1372
Cause of Death:
Toxemia
Place of Death:
Khonkan 55km Camp
Date of Death:
14.09.1943
Buried:
Grave No.139, Khonkan

General Description

Soldier was evacuated to Khonkan 55km from Aungganaung 105km Camp around 10.9.1943 due to tropical ulcers to his right foot. His right leg was amputated above the knee, but he died post leg amputation as a result of toxemia.

Ken Meads was the illigitimate son of Adolphus Kingsnorth.  He and Ethel Annie Meads had planned to marry, however the Kingsnorth family forbade the marriage.  Adolphus Kingsnorth’s family were large landowners.  Adlophus was soon after married to a distant cousin and the couple sent to Canada to live.

Ethel Annie Meads married in 1917 when her son Ken was 14 years old.  She and her husband moved to live in Western Australia and this was the reason Ken Meads joined her several years later.

Kenneth Meads sailed from London to Australia on 26 Sep 1926 on ‘Baradine’ aged 21 years.  His occupation was recorded as Bank Messenger and his last known address was 20 Albert Ridge Road, Battersea.

He married Iris Lorraine Coles 14 June 1933, and they had several children one of whom is Lorraine Warr who at  84 years of age (December 2017) resides in Queensland and kindly provided much of the information contained here.  Unfortunately Lorraine never really knew her father as her parents divorced and Ken enlisted in 1940.

Meads Ken WX10388
A young Ken Meads.
Meads Mrs
Mrs Iris Meads.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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